Hadyatulloi “Hadya,” Azimzoda of Tajikistan knows his career goal. He wants to become an ambassador. To set him up for success, Azimzoda is spending a semester at Georgia College working to broaden his knowledge and expand his understanding of world politics.
Azimzoda has grown fond of Georgia College since he started in the fall. But, before he heads back home Dec. 14, he plans to continue to immerse himself in his studies, get to know more fellow students and proudly represent his country.
Azimzoda came to Georgia College from the Global UGRAD organization. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.
“I won a competition, where many students from more than 100 countries participated,” said Azimzoda. “After winning the scholarships, the recipients were sent to colleges and universities across the U.S., and I came to Georgia College.”
“I chose to major in diplomatic relationships and international relations, because I want to be a future ambassador,” he said. “That’s my dream.”
During fall break, Azimzoda and some friends visited the United Nations headquarters in New York City. That trip solidified his future career plans.
“I would like to eventually work with international organizations, like the United Nations,” he said. “In my country, I work with the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Our OSCE group went to Europe three times for meetings. I really enjoyed the negotiation process of diplomatic relationships.”
Every day, he takes steps to work on his skills as a future ambassador.
“In my country, I study diplomatic relations with other countries, so it’s my mission to come here to introduce people to my country while building a bridge of relationships,” he said.
Azimzodza feels that as an ambassador, he will be fortunate to see other countries and cultures.
“I was really serious about choosing my future profession,” he said. “Maybe it’s because I want to know more about other cultures and to protect the interests of my home country and represent it in a good way.”
Azimzoda enjoys the interactions he’s had with Georgia College professors. He especially enjoys Dr. Gennady Rudkevich’s comparative politics and international relations class.
“I like the method in which Dr. Rudkevich conducts his classes,” he said. “I follow him on Twitter and really enjoy his comments.”
Every day, Azmizoda takes steps to work on his skills as a future ambassador.
Milledgeville is larger than Azmizoda’s hometown, even though it’s the capital of his country. He likes how convenient Milledgeville is and how different the people are.
“I like the people in Georgia,” he said. “They’re really friendly and lovely, and they invite me to events. Even if they don’t know you, people here smile at you.”
During the International Fest held Oct. 23, Azimzoda recited a poem in his own language then in English about friendship from the 16th-century Persian Author Hafez Shirazi.
“I feel this poem is really important,” he said. “The meaning behind the poem is: If you plant a tree of friendship, it can bring a lot of results in the future.”
He also created a poster for the International Fest.
“My poster represents my country with recommended tourist destinations, food, culture and customs,” said Azimzoda. “There is a photo of a woman putting her hand to her heart, which means, when a guest comes into your home, we are waiting. Sometimes we use both hands to our heart, meaning we don’t have any weapons. We come in peace.”